As with all the Brandon Sanderson books I have encountered, expect another great story. The narrator was monotone and boring in the beginning, but as the story heated up and became thoroughly intriguing the dull narration wasn't an issue anymore.
I liked one of Sanderson's other books. But I couldn't engage with this one. I'm not sure whether it's the environment (Elantris is disturbing, but not really that interesting), the characters (I don't find any of them really that interesting; they're basically archetypes for heroes and villians IMO); the plot (I couldn't really find it, even after listening for about 8 hours) or the generally irritating read in which the dialogue never really gets off the ground.
I think another reader might make a big difference. Yes, of course it's not all hopeless, and some of it is interesting, but much of it reminds me of namby-pamby nitwits running around old castles throwing things at butlers.
I got quite tired of hearing "coulo" pronounced as an interrogative at the end of every sentence when the characters interacted in Elantris. I have no right to take issue with the reader's interpretation of the printed word, but I thought the performance was lackluster.
I wish I could say it was.
I'll probably go back in a couple of months to try it again. I've listened to several books that really didn't get off the ground until the 10th hour (e.g., Anathem), so maybe this is one of those that deserves another chance.
I loved the story, and the performer was great, but I had a problem with the audio editing. Most of the chapters begin immediately after the final word of the previous chapter, there is no pause to let the dramatic chapter conclusion sink in or a chance to pause at a stopping point it just dives headlong into the next chapter. This small point was annoying in an otherwise awesome book.
yes, the book was interesting and kept you guessing where the author was leading you.
How the people of Elantris came together to improve their lot
You dont have to be rich, to enjoy the good life.
Not as promising as the way of kings but an excellent start to a series!
Really fun book. The world is fascinating and the characters are driven. Some of the plot twists and turns aren't too hard to guess, but the book is also clever and surprising! WELL worth your time!
Very good narration but not fantastic.
Good story, a bit slower in the middle than some Sanderson works, but one of my favorites as I really like the heroes characters in this tale. Enough twists I didn't predict to keep me entertained for the majority of the time.
I thought this book was excellent at first read. When I read it again I saw how the author tried to make all the pieces fit which gave it a more cheap feel but still it was a good read
I thoroughly enjoyed both Steelheart and Firefight so I thought I would give Elantris a try. It wasn't sufficiently awful that I stopped reading it (unlike Divergent Book 3, which I couldn't stomach), but it wasn't good either. I found suspension of disbelief to be very hard to come by throughout the book. The moments of political intrigue and manipulation are far too simplistic and juvenile and the female protagonist is given far more clout and credit than anything she does in the book would actually warrant. Ditto for the male protagonist, though to a slightly lesser extent (at least he DOES stuff!). The length of the book could likely have been cut in half, with a significant amount of non value-added anecdotes as well as very lengthy and totally pointless descriptions of different cultures and their attributes.
As for Jack Garrett's performance, it was perfectly acceptable though nothing to write home about it and wasn't amazing enough to carry the weight of a mediocre story.
If you love Sanderson from Steelheart and Firefight, then just wait for the next one in that series and pretent Elantris never happened. It's a shame, though, as the premise is intriguing and an very interesting concept but the execution just too poor to recommend.